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10:45 29th September 2012

Boss's reasons for Elokobi loan

Ståle Solbakken believes he has enough full-back cover to comfortably allow for George Elokobi’s temporary move to Bristol City – with the option to himself recruit on loan if need be.


Wolves’ manager this week allowed the popular no 3 to go to Ashton Gate for three months – a stint that starts with this afternoon’s home clash with Leeds.


And he has been at pains to underline that the piece of business hasn’t left the club short of options in the position.


“I think George has been in a difficult situation here for many years here now where he’s not playing regularly,” Stale said.


“When that happens, the big question for me is: Can someone else do that job if Stephen Ward is not available?


“We have the opportunity to loan players in if we have a crisis but I think Kevin Foley and Ronald Zubar will be back-up players for that position.


“As I’ve said before, we still have two or three players too many and George is a long servant who needs regular games at his age. He has a body that needs to play regularly.


“It wasn’t an easy game for Ronald to come into on Tuesday night but he has an ok left foot and we can solve this situation in-house. If not, there is the loan option.”


The boss has also spoken further of Zeli Ismail’s progress and first-team debut at Chelsea in midweek.


The youngster went on for the final eight minutes at Stamford Bridge as part of the Norwegian’s plan to integrate some of the Wolves cubs into the senior squad.


“We want to bring some youngsters in to give them experience and he (Zeli) and Jack Price have done well, along with a couple of others,” the manager added.


“They have also trained with us once this week, so we want to keep good control of what happens below the immediate first-team.


“We’ve had intensive conversations with Steve Weaver, Mick Halsall and the other coaches about this.


“He has got a little bit of a way to go but he has the skills to put defenders on the back foot.


“He has the ability to change direction and go both ways at quite a high tempo, which is good.


“But he has to make the right decision, such as when to pass, when to shoot, when to dribble and when to cross. That’s something we’re working on every day.

“That comes down to reserve games and he is under consideration along with two or three others to at least come and play and train regularly, and take it step by step from there and show him we’re there for him in a way.


“He’s done part of that by working hard and training well.”


On the search for an assistant manager, Solbakken said no-one had been offered the job and all necessary time would be taken to ensure the right man is found.


“I don’t want to rush into a wrong decision,” he said. “It could happen quickly for us or it could take a little while.


“We have talked to people and they have presented themselves. But no-one has been in for great discussions.”


He also said both British and foreign candidates were being assessed and the club’s search was a wide one.


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